COO Moves this week include:
|American International Group, Inc.||U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.||C.H. Robinson|
|StoneMor Partners L.P.||America’s Promise Alliance||Titan Energy, LLC|
|Equity Residential||Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||Privis Health|
|American Addiction Treatment Association||betterU Education Corp.||All For One Media Corp.|
|ACRE||Pro Mujer||Home Savings|
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American International Group, Inc. [NEW YORK] (NYSE: AIG) announced the appointment of Donna DeMaio as Global Chief Operating Officer, General Insurance. Ms. DeMaio previously served as Chief Auditor at AIG. Prior to her role as Chief Auditor, Ms. DeMaio served as President and CEO of United Guaranty Corporation (UGC) while it was a subsidiary of AIG. She was previously CEO of MetLife Bank following her tenure as the bank’s Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in her career, she was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Financial Services Practice and National Office.
U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. [HOUSTON] (NYSE: USPH) announced that Graham Reeve has joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer-East. Graham recently served as the long-tenured CEO of The Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas.
C.H. Robinson (NASDAQ: CHRW) announced that Robert (“Bob”) Biesterfeld has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Biesterfeld has been with the company for 19 years. Prior to becoming President of NAST, he was Vice President, Truckload. He also served as Vice President of Robinson Fresh and as a General Manager in Phoenix, Arizona.
StoneMor Partners L.P. [TREVOSE, Pa.] (NYSE: STON) announced the hiring of Jim Ford as its Chief Operating Officer. Ford joins StoneMor from Foundation Partners Group, where he was Chief Customer Officer. He previously held the position of Vice President, Business Optimization. Prior to joining Foundation Partners Group, Ford held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Cremation Services with the Neptune Society in Plantation, Florida. Before that, he held several senior management positions with Service Corporation International (SCI) during his 16 years with the company.
America’s Promise Alliance [WASHINGTON] named Dennis Vega as its chief operating officer. Vega has spent the past nine years in the federal government, serving in senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of State. Most recently, he served in the Department of State’s Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources as the Managing Director for Regional and Global Issues and, previously, as the Managing Director for Planning, Performance, and Systems. Prior to government service, Vega worked for the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Missouri State Public Defender. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and the University of Texas at Austin.
Titan Energy, LLC [FORT WORTH, Texas] (OTCQX: TTEN) announced the appointment of Christopher Walker as Chief Operating Officer of Titan, which will take effect as of March 9th. Mr. Walker has served as Vice President of Operations since February 2016. Mr. Walker also served in senior operations leadership positions at Titan’s predecessor since July 2012. Prior to joining Titan, Mr. Walker held Field Engineer and District Technical Supervisor positions with BJ Services/Baker Hughes from 2007 to 2012, specializing in hydraulic fracturing design and execution.
Equity Residential [CHICAGO] (NYSE: EQR) announced that David S. Santee, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), will step down as COO on June 30, 2018 and retire by year-end. The Company also announced that Michael L. Manelis, Executive Vice President of Property Operations, will become the Company’s COO effective July 1, 2018.
Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. [WATERTOWN, Mass.] (NASDAQ: TTPH) announced the promotion of Larry Edwards, Chief Commercial Officer, to Chief Operating Officer. Larry Edwards joined Tetraphase in 2015 as Vice President of Marketing, became Vice President of Commercial Operations in 2016, and was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in the beginning of 2017. Prior to joining Tetraphase, Mr. Edwards served as Senior Director of Marketing, Gram Negative Franchise, with Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (later acquired by Merck). Prior to his work at Cubist, he was Global Marketing Director, Clostridium Difficile & New Infectious Disease Products, with Merck & Co.
Privis Health [RALEIGH, N.C.] announced that Brian Morton has joined as Chief Operating Officer. Brian previously was named Vice President of Optimization for Ascension Medical Group. Prior to joining the Ascension team, Brian served as Vice President of Optimization and Revenue Cycle at Clinovations / Advisory Board. Immediately preceding Clinovations, Brian served for a decade as the Vice President of Operations for Halley Consulting.
American Addiction Treatment Association [LOS ANGELES] announced that Andrew Martin, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Serene Recovery Network, Inc. has joined as Chief Operating Officer.
betterU Education Corp. [OTTAWA] (TSX-V: BTRU) announced the hiring of Dominique Jones as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”). Most recently, Dominique served as COO and Senior Consultant for L&C Strategic Advisors and prior to that as Chief People Officer of Halogen Software. Prior to Halogen, Dominique worked with Right Management.
All For One Media Corp. [MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.] (OTCQB: AFOM) announced the appointment of Howard Kra as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kra’s began his career in 1982 as a wealth advisor at Lehman Brothers in New York, rising rapidly to become a Senior Vice President. In 1993, Mr. Kra relocated to Washington D.C. to join Morgan Stanley as a Senior Vice President, serving until 2002. Mr. Kra played an instrumental role in the launching of Streamline.com, a pioneering e-commerce company that he helped take public in 1999, raising $45 million before it was acquired by Peapod. Following that, Mr. Kra helped lead the founder of Advanced Communications Group through the process of going public and raising $115 million. In 2004, he became a partner and private investor at Atlantic Capital Group. While there, he worked closely with the beverage company Honest Tea (acquired by Coca-Cola Corp) both as an advisor and early investor. Most recently, Mr. Kra has been working closely with startups through his consulting company, Kra Consults.
ACRE [LAS VEGAS] announced the appointment of Ronald Virden as Chief Operating Officer, effective April 1, 2018. Virden most recently served as President and Managing Director for Global Security Products, Americas/Global Access Solutions at UTC. Prior to that, Virden was President and Managing Director of GE Industrial Systems, GE Security/Supra.
Pro Mujer [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Mohit (Moe) Nagpal as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Pro Mujer, Nagpal served as vice-president of business operations at Hewlett-Packard. Afterwards, he served as executive director for client, account and business operations of DXC Technology.
Home Savings [YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio] announced it has appointed Zahid Afzal to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, effective March 19. Afzal most recently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Executive at Capital Bank in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining Capital, he held the position of Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Huntington National Bank and Senior Vice President, Consumer and Small Business Banking CIO with Bank of America. He also has held significant roles with Broadslate Networks, Charlottesville, VA, Citigroup (Citicorp), New York, NY and MCI Communications, Colorado Springs, CO in addition to consulting for Planning Research Corp. CRC, Mitchell System, VA. Afzal has served as a member of the board of directors for UCFC/Home Savings Bank since 2013. He will remain on the Home Saving Bank Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Bancsource in Springfield, MO.